How to Sponsor a Concert & become part of the Hess Tradition


What? Since 1977, the IMF has produced the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series: free weekly classical music concerts at one of Chicago's architectural landmarks, the Chicago Cultural Center. The concerts take place every Wednesday of the year at 12:15 before weekly audiences ranging from 450 – 500 (for a total audience around 25,000).

How Much? $2,000 for a single Hess Concert sponsorship.

What impact will my sponsorship have? Your $2,000 sponsorship will help cover the costs of a concert. This sounds simple and it is: while the music is beyond price, the musicians and staff are not.

How will my sponsorship be recognized? Sponsor names will appear on concert programs and on our website. The acknowledgement can include a tribute in someone’s memory or celebrate a special event. Your sponsorship will also be announced on WFMT’s live broadcast of ‘your’ concert.

Why is the International Music Foundation asking individuals and families to sponsor concerts this year? We want to honor the many individuals and families who value our work, while bringing in new program funds. We are doing something new by giving our audiences the chance to sponsor their very own Hess concert.

What do I do if I’m interested? Contact Ann Murray at (312) 670-6888 or at or simply click here.

What if I want to help but not as this level? Gifts at all levels are much appreciated. Click here to make a gift at any level and also find out about our Grand Circle giving level which guarantees front-row seating at the Hess.


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